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E. C. Pielou

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226668062

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.001.0001

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The Sun, the Wind, and the Sea

The Sun, the Wind, and the Sea

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(p.47) 6 The Sun, the Wind, and the Sea
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The Energy of Nature
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E. C. Pielou

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.003.0006

When sunlight shines on the sea, some of it is reflected back into the sky, and the rest penetrates the surface to contribute its energy to the water; in a word, it is absorbed. This statement prompts two questions. What are the proportions reflected and absorbed? And what becomes of the absorbed energy? This chapter discusses the following: how sunlight penetrates the sea; movement in the sea; wind-driven currents and the Ekman spirals; hills and dales of the ocean's surface; density currents in the depths; and the global energy conveyor.

Keywords:   sunlight, ocean currents, Ekman spirals, ocean surface, density currents, global energy conveyor

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